This September the UK will be filled with cinemas as Scalarama fever sweeps the nation. Now in its fifth year, Scalarama has declared September as the unofficial month of cinema and a celebration of everything it represents. Film exhibitors and venues from across Leeds have come together to build an impressive programme of screening events, which you can find details of at scalarama.com, and we’re pleased be a part of it, collaborating on four events. Here’s a little review of what we’ve got coming your way…
Westworld (1973) we announced back in June as the third and final instalment of our Mixed Nuts Season and, truth be told, it was booked knowing it would be screened during Scalarama. Its cult status and B-movie flavour make it a an ideal choice for the non-festival’s programme. A sci-fi western, Michael Crichton’s Westworld is a theme park where people can spend $1,000 a day to live life in the Wild West where the cowboys are robots. Like Crichton’s other famous tale of a theme park, Jurassic Park, it isn’t long before the attractions start misbehaving and the results become deadly. Starring Yul Brynner as the steely eyed Gunslinger, Westworld is a blood-curdling and satirical take on the future.
“Wayne’s World! Party Time! Excellent!” If you grew up in the eighties or early nineties, we’d be shocked if you didn’t know who Wayne Campbell and his trusty sidekick Garth Algar are. The tale of two slackers with their own cable-access TV show, Wayne’s World (1992) launched a dozen catchphrases and provided a platform for Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to become one of the coolest songs ever. Excellent! We’re bringing you this much-beloved cult favourite in collaboration with Left Bank Leeds, the former St Margaret of Antioch’s Church in Hyde Park, where there will be a selection of short films and a ‘after party’ to accompany the feature presentation. Schwing!
Distributors Dogwoof have kindly waived the need of a screening license for a special screening of the serene and absorbing Manakamana (2013). An almost virtual reality travel experience and an ingenious device for people-watching, this is the latest feature documentary from The Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab. It is also now a haunting reminder of the recent destruction of parts of Nepal after two huge earthquakes. This being the case we have teamed up with Laura Ager of The Little Reliance Cinema to host a Pay As You Feel fundraising event with all proceeds donated to the Manakamana Emergency Housing fund.
Finally, after a successful screening of Jiro Dreams of Sushi back in May as part of Leeds Indie Food Festival, we’re partnering up again with The Arch Café for a special dementia friendly screening of the deeply moving and empowering Still Alice (2014). Julianne Moore gives and Academy Award winning performance as Alice, a linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Being a dementia friendly event we’ll be keeping s few lights on during the screening and the sound will be dropped a notch to ensure everyone is comfortable. Please note, those with dementia themselves may find the film’s subject matter to be disorienting but the aim of this event is to raise awareness of the disease and the needs of those living with it.
Leeds has a long and rich history with film and cinema. The very first moving images were captured here in 1888 by Louis Le Prince. Scalarama is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Leeds’ contribution to the wider cinema community so we you join us, Left Bank Leeds, The Arch Café, Armley Mills, Seven, Hyde Park Picture House, The Little Reliance Cinema and all the organisations involved in bringing cinema to the city this September. Vote Cinema!